Are you new to homeschooling or are new homeschoolers asking you questions? If you are new to this new way of life, you must have lots of questions! That is ok! We are here to help!
And if you are a seasoned homeschool parent, but are getting loads of questions from new homeschoolers, then these 3 tips are perfect for you to pass along to them.
Come and find our 3 tips for new homeschooling families!
Tip #1 for New Homeschool Families
You do not have to start homeschool work right away
Whether you pulled your children out of private schools or from public schools, your first year of homeschooling should always start the same.
As you begin, you really should consider the #1 thing that I always recommend new homeschoolers.
This number one thing is to DE-SCHOOL.
This means that you take a break from school completely.
Detox from doing school and take time to jump out of the box.
Home schooling does not look like school and it is SUPER important to always keep that in mind.
Tip #2 for New Homeschool Families
You do not have to re-create school at home
Home education in the United States varies from state to state and a top question about homeschooling is what to teach your children that complies with your state.
You can join a homeschooling organization, find a local homeschooling group or do research online to learn more.
The important thing about all of this is that you have to have it very clear in your mind that you don’t have to re-create school at home
When I first started homeschooling, I came from a decade-long experience in public and private education.
This put me in a seriously rigid box and I confess, it was hard to break out of it.
Looking back, I made a big mistake that I didn’t focus on my children’s learning styles while learning at home.
Tip #3 for New Homeschool Families
You do not have to spend a ton of money on curricula right away
The more you detox from the notion of what school should look like, you can re-create your own version of the best learning method for you and your family.
Some families opt to do online homeschool to move forward faster, but this might not be for everyone.
Other families panic about going out and spending hundreds (and even thousands) of dollars on buying curricula.
The problem is that you can never be sure that you are getting the right materials for your children.
Focusing on their learning styles, preferences and passions is what will help them find learning more appealing and most beneficial.
It will also remove so much frustration out of the equation.
So, I personally don’t recommend spending a ton of money at first.
Give yourself time to detox and to observe your children.
Find homeschooling groups to go on field trips and outings.
Have fun and really take advantage of this observation time.
But, if you are itching to get into academics, then go to your local store and buy your children those simple grade-level books that come with several subjects.
Let the children ease into those.
It will buy you time to research, ask around and find the best curricula for each of your children.
Keep in mind that there are many curricula that can be used for all of your children.
I hope that you have found these 3 tips helpful.
They are the very basics, but they are very important.
My hope for you is that you start this new journey with happiness, a sense of wonder and discovery and as a bonding opportunity for you, your children and your entire family.
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